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2013 Coca-Cola 600

The 2013 Coca-Cola 600, the 54th running of the race, was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on May 26, 2013, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, United States. Contested over 400 laps on the 1.5–mile (2.4 km) oval, it was the twelfth race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship. Kevin Harvick of Richard Childress Racing won the race, his second win in the Coca-Cola 600 and in the 2013 season. Kasey Kahne followed in the second while Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.

2013 Coca-Cola 600
Race details[1][2][3]
Race 12 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Date May 26, 2013 (2013-05-26)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 400 laps, 600 mi (965.606 km)
Weather Overcast with a high temperature around 76 °F (24 °C); wind out of the SSE at 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h).
Average speed 130.521 mph (210.053 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 27.604 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 161
Winner
No. 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Nielsen Ratings 4.1

There were 11 cautions for 61 laps and 24 lead changes between 12 different drivers throughout the course of the race. One of the most significant stoppages came from a fallen skycam cable that damaged several cars and injured spectators.[4] The result moved Harvick to the seventh position in the Drivers' Championship, 83 points behind Jimmie Johnson in first and 15 ahead of Paul Menard in eighth. Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, five points ahead of Toyota and thirteen ahead of Ford, with 24 races remaining in the season.

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ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Charlotte Motor Speedway, the race track where the race was held.

Charlotte Motor Speedway is a four-turn quad-oval track that is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long.[5] The track's turns are banked at twenty-four degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is five degrees. The back stretch, opposite of the front, also had a five degree banking.[5] The racetrack has seats for 134,000 spectators.[5] Kasey Kahne was the defending race winner after winning the event in the 2012 race.[6]

Before the race, Jimmie Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 423 points, while Carl Edwards stood in second with 379 points. Matt Kenseth followed in the third with 364, five ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in fourth, and fifteen ahead of Clint Bowyer in fifth. Kahne, with 326, was in sixth; tied with Brad Keselowski, who was scored seventh. Eighth-placed Kyle Busch was eight points ahead of Aric Almirola and ten ahead of Kevin Harvick in ninth and tenth. Paul Menard was eleventh with 315, while Jeff Gordon completed the first twelve positions with 311 points.[7] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 74 points, two points ahead of Toyota. Ford was third after recording only 56 points.[8]

The Coca-Cola 600 was conceived by race car driver Curtis Turner, who built the Charlotte Motor Speedway.[9] It was first held in 1960 in an attempt by NASCAR to stage a Memorial Day weekend race to compete with the open-wheel Indianapolis 500; the two races were held together on the same day starting from 1974.[10] The race is the longest in terms of distance on the NASCAR calendar and is considered by several drivers to be one of the sport's most important races alongside the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the Southern 500.[11] The long distance makes it the most physically demanding event in NASCAR, and teams adapt to changing track conditions because the race occurs between late afternoon and evening.[12] It was known as the World 600 until 1984 when The Coca-Cola Company purchased the naming rights to the race and renamed it the Coca-Cola World 600 in 1985. It has been called the Coca-Cola 600 every year since 1986 except for 2002 when the name changed to Coca-Cola Racing Family 600.[13]

Practice and qualifyingEdit

 
Denny Hamlin recorded the pole position, the fourteenth of his career.

Three practice sessions were held before the race. The first session, held on May 23, 2013, was 90 minutes long. The second and third, held on May 25, 2013, were 60 minutes long.[14] During the first practice session, Kurt Busch was quickest with a time of 28.295, ahead of his brother Kyle and Kahne in second and third. Johnson followed in the fourth position, ahead of Almirola in fifth.[15]

During qualifying, forty-four cars were entered, meaning only one car was bumped from the race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[16] Hamlin clinched his fourteenth career pole position, with a record-setting lap time of 27.604 seconds.[3] After his qualifying run, Hamlin commented, "Proud to be back on the racetrack. We're really getting things going right now."[17] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Darlington polesitter Kurt Busch.[3] Kenseth qualified third, Mark Martin took fourth, and Kahne started fifth.[3] Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, and Earnhardt, Jr. completed the first ten positions on the grid.[3] The driver who failed to qualify for the race was Mike Bliss.[3]

In the Saturday morning session, Kahne was quickest, ahead of Kurt and Kyle Busch in second and third. Earnhardt, Jr. and Johnson followed in the fourth and fifth positions.[18] Biffle, Hamlin, Kenseth, Menard, and McMurray rounded out the first ten positions.[18] In the final practice session for the race, Kahne remained quickest with a time of 28.633 seconds.[19] Kurt Busch followed in second, ahead of Hamlin and Kenseth in third and fourth.[19] Biffle, who was sixth quickest in second practice,[18] managed fifth.[19]

RaceEdit

As it was Memorial Day weekend, NASCAR's pre-race would pay tribute to American war veterans. After the invocation was delivered by Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, Grand Marshal Sergeant Aaron Causey, with his wife and United Service Organizations' Alan Reyes delivered the command to start engines. Denny Hamlin started on pole but was quickly passed for the lead by Matt Kenseth. Kasey Kahne took the lead on lap 24 and continued to lead through a round of green flag pit stops and until the first caution came out for debris on lap 68. Kahne continued to lead through pit stops and on the restart on lap 74 until Kyle Busch passed him on lap 75. Kahne retook the lead on lap 78 and quickly pulled away. Kahne continued to lead until the second caution on lap 112 for debris after Casey Mears hit the wall. Busch was first off of pit road and led on the restart on lap 119. The third caution came out on lap 122 when a cable that suspended a FOX Sports television camera over the frontstretch of the track snapped and fell on the track. Several cars ran over the cable, but only two sustained major damage: Kyle Busch, whose car had caused it to snap in the first place, and Marcos Ambrose. The red flag then came out on lap 126 as track officials cleaned up the cables. After a delay of 10 minutes and 40 seconds, NASCAR brought the cars down pit road and gave each team 15 minutes to look over their cars and do repairs if needed. Ten spectators were injured as a result of the cable failure.[20] Busch continued to lead on the restart on lap 131 and led until green flag pit stops. When he made a pit stop on lap 177, Brad Keselowski and Danica Patrick each led one lap before the lead cycled back to Kenseth with Busch in 2nd on lap 179. Kenseth led until lap 222, when he made another green flag pit stop. Kenseth cycled out with a lead of over six seconds and had lapped all but 15 cars when the caution came out for debris on lap 241. Kenseth continued to lead on the restart (after pit stops). Kyle Busch's car started to slow and on lap 257, both his and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s cars lost their engines. Earnhardt's car dropped oil on the track in turn three and Greg Biffle slipped in it, then hit the wall, along with Dave Blaney and Travis Kvapil. Another red flag waved as crews worked to clean up oil around the track. After everyone but Kenseth made pit stops, Kenseth led on the restart on lap 266

Nevertheless, Kenseth pulled away but was caught and passed by Kahne on lap 273. Kahne led until the sixth caution came out on lap 303 for debris in turn one. The caution trapped several drivers one lap down, most notably Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson (who got the free pass), and Jeff Gordon. Kahne led on the lap 309 restart, but the seventh caution quickly waved on lap 311 for debris once again. All the lead lap cars pitted, allowing Kenseth and Gordon to get back on the lead lap.

Kahne led at the lap 318 restart, as well as the lap 323 restart after Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. got into Patrick and shot her up in front of Keselowski (putting them both in the wall). Kurt Busch took the lead after Kahne had a bad restart. The ninth caution quickly came out on lap 325 when Aric Almirola made in three-wide on the frontstretch with Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon. Martin backed out and barely clipped Almirola, sending him head-on into the wall right in front of Gordon. Six cars sustained damage from the crash: Almirola, Martin, Gordon, Stenhouse, Bobby Labonte, and Casey Mears. Another red flag waved as cars were removed from the track. Busch's car battery went dead, and, while it was being replaced, Kevin Harvick took the lead.

The restart came on lap 330 with Harvick leading, but the tenth caution waved on lap 332 as Johnson and Martin Truex, Jr. traded paint. Johnson got loose and spun out. Kenseth, who was behind Johnson, slowed down to avoid him, but was hit from behind by Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Stewart who couldn't slow up in time. Both Johnson and Montoya would fall several laps behind after multiple repairs and/or flat tires. Kenseth remained on the lead lap, but would later fall a couple laps down. Harvick led on the restart on lap 339 but was passed ten laps later by Kahne, who then pulled away. Kahne made a pit stop on lap 364, giving the lead to Harvick, who then pitted on lap 367. Ryan Newman took the lead on lap 368, but pitted and handed to lead to Stewart. Stewart made a pit stop on lap 374 and gave the lead to Carl Edwards, who then pitted himself on lap 381. Paul Menard led one lap before pitting and giving the lead back to Kahne.

The eleventh and final caution waved on lap 385 for debris on the frontstretch. Everyone pitted except for raceleader Kahne, and on the restart on lap 389, Harvick got by Kahne. Harvick pulled away from Kahne and third-place Kurt Busch over the last ten laps to pick up his 21st career win and his second Coca-Cola 600 in three years. Kahne finished second despite suffering from influenza, Kurt Busch finished third, while Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.604 195.624
2 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 27.661 195.221
3 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.679 195.094
4 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.750 194.595
5 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.763 194.503
6 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.785 194.349
7 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.801 194.238
8 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.842 193.952
9 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.879 193.694
10 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.887 193.639
11 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.915 193.444
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.937 193.292
13 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.940 193.271
14 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.985 192.961
15 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.049 192.520
16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.083 192.287
17 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.097 192.191
18 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.106 192.130
19 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.107 192.123
20 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 28.142 191.884
21 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 28.142 191.884
22 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.165 191.727
23 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 28.274 190.988
24 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.298 190.826
25 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.303 190.792
26 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.322 190.665
27 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.348 190.490
28 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 28.359 190.416
29 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.360 190.409
30 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.385 190.241
31 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 28.414 190.047
32 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 28.426 189.967
33 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 28.452 189.793
34 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 28.511 189.401
35 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.564 189.049
36 51 Regan Smith Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 28.613 188.725
37 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 28.665 188.383
38 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 28.683 188.265
39 32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing Ford 28.706 188.114
40 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 28.711 188.081
41 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 28.712 188.075
42 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.969 186.406
43 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 28.623 188.659
Failed to Qualify
19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Motorsports Toyota 28.690 188.219
Source:[3][21]

Race resultsEdit

 
Kevin Harvick won the race, his second win of the season.
Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led Points1
1 15 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 28 47
2 6 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 161 44
3 2 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 400 8 42
4 1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 6 41
5 31 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 400 0 39
6 10 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 400 1 39
7 25 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 400 6 38
8 5 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 400 0 36
9 17 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 400 0 35
10 19 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 400 0 34
11 13 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 7 34
12 27 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 0 32
13 22 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 1 32
14 30 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 398 0 30
15 3 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 398 112 30
16 29 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 397 0
17 36 51 Regan Smith Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 397 0
18 16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 397 0 26
19 9 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 396 2 26
20 26 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 396 0 24
21 38 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 396 0 23
22 12 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 395 0 22
23 21 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 394 0 21
24 34 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 394 0 20
25 35 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 394 0 19
26 43 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 393 0
27 40 32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing Ford 391 0 17
28 23 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 390 0 16
29 24 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 385 0 15
30 33 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 339 0 14
31 7 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 335 0 13
32 39 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 326 0 12
33 18 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 324 0 11
34 4 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 324 0 10
35 14 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 324 0 9
36 20 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 317 3 9
37 42 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 303 0
38 8 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 257 65 7
39 11 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 256 0 5
40 28 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 253 0 4
41 41 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 213 0
42 32 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 50 0 2
43 37 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 39 0 1
Source:[22]
Notes

^1 Points include 3 Chase for the Sprint Cup points for winning, 1 point for leading a lap, and 1 point for most laps led.

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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